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educated slaves would threaten the control of the master exerted over the slaves thereby lessening their value. It was under the enslavement of Mr. Auld that Douglass realised that “wit” was the white man’s power to enslave the black man. After struggling in vain, came Douglas s revelation that instruction was the pathway from slavery to freedom. Just as the master thought would happen indeed did with Douglass. He retained the knowledge he gained from Mrs. Auld sought to increase it. At the age of twelve Douglass got hold of The Colombian Orator, which offered a bold denunciation of slavery and education on human rights. “Reading these documents enabled [Frederick] to utter [his] thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery (48). As an adult he came under the care of Mr. Covey, he was beaten frequently. One day, after Frederick had escaped a beating Mr. Covey tried take hold of Douglass, but he fought back seizing him by the throat. For two hours they wrestled he says. Then he had no more problems with Mr. Covey, normally though a slave who would fight back that was considered a death wish but due possibly to embarrassment Mr covey never reported it. Douglass proved, for the first time, that he was not going to stand and be the victim without a fight. “It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery, to the heaven of freedom”(73). Douglas s action against Mr. Covey ultimately marked a major turning point in his view of himself as a slave. Although the Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass shared a common bond of long-lived suffering due to the trials of slavery. Jacobs had a very different focus she, too was intent upon educating herself even as she went through the mental anguish of slavery. Jacobs is tough from the very beginning striving to convince people that the actions that slaves were forced to endure were immoral, inhuman, and unnatural. Also one must point out the fact that women endured a great deal more emotional trauma than male slaves, they were forced by their master in to have sexual relations with them, and were also forced away from their own children upon a certain age. As Jacobs tells her story it seems that she mostly talks about the suffering of females, this is understandable because she being a female can give first hand knowledge of their trials. As Jacobs grew older she became more aware of the gender differences, and what male slaves never endured like a master violating the sexuality of one of his young women slaves. There is one quarrel with her master that might prove that he is waiting for her to reach a desirable age, “I have never allowed you to be punished, I told him he had reasons of his own for screening me from punishment.”(140). It was an unjust and undeserving fate to the slaves by which their master could govern all aspects of ones existence. Both Jacobs and Douglass poured their hearts and souls into their personal narratives; they both had almost an equal share of suffering caused by their relations with whites and their families. Although black men suffered a great deal, black women suffered that much more. The similarities are clear both were slaves both were black. True they give different points of view and different instances of the terrible injustice that was done to them. Jacobs it could be said had a rather easy life as far as a slave was concerned she was liked perhaps maybe too much be her master. Although she never says it its hinted that her master want to have sex with her that is something Fred never had to deal with. These two slaves were lucky enough to be some of the very few black who ever met the likes of at least one nice master or mistress, and even more lucky to have been taught somewhat how to read and write. Therefore giving them the ability to record their life stories. The sense of being raped of your god given right of freedom, not, not animal merely property. Treated like a rug being walked all over they still had the ability to succeed and survive as well as reclaiming what was unjustly taken from them there FREEDOM. THE BEST PAPER YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE!!!